Should You Have That Dent Repaired Before You Sell?
Pre-Sale Dent Repair Can Make Sense
No matter how careful you are, it is still virtually impossible to keep your car dent-free due to the simple fact that you are never alone on the road, not even on the parking lot. As long as the dents aren’t serious enough to cause damage to your paint, maybe you can just let them be and consider them part of your car. But if you’re planning on selling your car, you might have to consider having those dents repaired. Because even if you’re okay with those, other prospective owners might not be as receptive to those ‘imperfections’, especially if there are major ones that are a bit unsightly. Still, it’s up to you. You may choose to have the dents repaired or not. Just know that either choice has its own benefits and disadvantages.
We strive to be the best auto body repair shop in Billings. Read on to see if pre-sale dent repair is in your best interest, and then give us a call at 406-259-6328 to schedule a time if you want to pursue that option.
The Pros of Pre-Sale Dent Repair
Higher selling price
If your car is in pristine condition, you will of course have the luxury of selling it at a higher price. And that’s generally the point of selling, right?
Faster selling time
A nice looking car is always easier to sell than an unsightly looking one. And because dents, particularly noticeable ones, can negatively impact the appearance of a vehicle, not having any on yours will surely make your car more attractive to buyers than those dented ones. Somehow, no dents and dings will also make you come across as a ‘careful’ driver, which can in turn add to the appeal of your vehicle.
The Cons of Pre-Sale Dent Repair
Any kind of repair will necessarily cost you extra, the only question is how much. When talking about dents, the minor ones, meaning those that can be fixed via paintless dent repair (PDR), will logically cost less than the major ones (such as hail damage repair) which may require removal and replacement of panels.
Before proceeding with the repair, you should first make it a point to compare its cost with your car’s value before the repair, as well as your car’s expected value after the repair is done. This comparison will give you a fair idea on whether it is practical to do the repair or not. Especially when it comes to older cars, repairing might not be worth the cost because it is unlikely to add much resale value to the car anyway.
More time needed
If you need to sell your car quickly and you’re always too busy, you might not be able to find the time to have those dents removed. Even if all that’s needed is PDR which only takes a few hours, many auto body shops are booked out for a couple of months at least. Or if there’s an eager buyer, this need for time might just cause you to lose your potential sale because the buyer might not be willing to wait.
Big Sky Collision Center is Here to Help
Keep this in mind also: whether you choose to have those dents repaired or not, it is always advisable to have your vehicle detailed before you show it off to prospective buyers. When your car looks spotless and smells fresh, even though it may have some dings and slightly noticeable dents, it will still look more appealing than one which looks dirty and unkempt.
Call us at 406-259-6328 to make an appointment for an estimate on dent repair, or to make an appointment to have your vehicle detailed. We offer the most affordable auto detail in Billings!